Cowgirls roll past Rangers in league opener
Both the Estacada Rangers and Crook County Cowgirls are young and relatively inexperienced tennis teams.
Tuesday afternoon in Prineville, the two teams played several close matches. However, Crook County came out on top of all but one of those matches as the Cowgirls took a 7-1 victory in the opening round of Special District 2 tennis action.
"Estacada wasn't much. They are basically a new team," Crook County head coach Lloyd Rodgers said following the match. "If they were a little bit stronger, I might brag on some of our girls, but I will save that until we beat a team that is a little stronger."
The Cowgirls set the tone early as their most experienced players, seniors Sarah Connolly and Kadence Kee, teamed up to play No. 1 doubles and cruise to an easy 6-1, 6-1 victory over Cambria Georgeson and Maggie Hart.
"Sarah and Kadence are going to do real good, I think, in our league," Rodgers said.
Crook County continued to roll in doubles play, sweeping all four matches. Tansy Clark and Marlin Ceja played steady their entire match as they held on to take a 6-4, 6-4 win over Leslie Nuno and Lisa Cauich at No. 2 doubles. Then, Hannah Love and Angela Andaluz edged Marianne Richards and Morgan Myrvoid 6-4, 6-3 to take the No. 3 doubles match. Ashley Reynolds and Kaytlen Gibson then made it a doubles sweep as they rolled past Cindy Vian and Joselyn Cortez 6-3, 6-3 in No. 4 doubles.
Things went almost as smoothly for the Cowgirls in singles action.
With Olivia Cooper, the Cowgirls usual No. 1 singles player, missing the match, Britney Vanderjagt stepped into the gap, and led throughout her match as she took a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Estacada's Katie Day.
"She will get the ball back one more time and let you make mistakes," Rodgers said of Vanderjagt. "That's how she plays, and that's fine with me. She's steady Betty, and she will just outlast you."
The Rangers picked up their lone win of the match at No. 2 singles as Hope Steffoson outlasted Natalie Cross in the longest match of the night. Cross was in charge for the entire first set, taking an easy 6-2 win. However, Steffoson came back in the second set. After trailing 3-2, she grabbed the momentum, coming back to take the set 6-4. Steffoson kept the momentum going in the third and deciding set, cruising to a 6-2 victory.
Still, Rodgers was pleased with how well Cross played during portions of the match.
"I was tickled with her groundstrokes and her consistency," he said. "She was keeping the ball in, so if we can work through the mental part, I might have another good player there."
The remaining two matches were all Crook County. First, Kaylee Carr cruised past Dionica Mendeza 6-1, 6-2 before Odessa Green rolled past Olivia Mendeza 6-0, 6-1 to close out the match.
The Rangers were scheduled to play Stayton on Thursday, but that match was expected to be postponed due to rain in the forecast. Weather permitting, they will be back on the court at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 9, when they are set to take on the Corbett Cardinals.
Meanwhile, the Cowgirls were scheduled to play at Philomath on Thursday, weather permitting. The team returns home on Tuesday, April 10, when they will host the Stayton Eagles in a 4 p.m. match.
Crook County 7, Estacada 1
Singles — Britney Vanderjagt, CC, over Katie Day, E, 6-4, 6-4. Hope Steffoson, E, over Natalie Cross, CC, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. Kaylee Carr, CC, over Dionica Mendeza, E, 6-1, 6-2. Odessa Green, CC, over Olivia Mendeza, E, 6-0, 6-1.
Doubles — Sarah Connolly/Kadence Kee, CC, over Cambria Georgeson/Maggie Hart, E, 6-1, 6-1. Tansey Clark/Marlin Ceja, CC, over Leslie Nuno/Lissa Cauich, E, 6-4, 6-4. Hannah Love/Angela Andaluz, CC, over Marianne Richards/ Morgan Myrvoid, E, 6-4, 6-3. Ashley Reynolds/Kaytlen Gibson, CC, over Cindy Vian/Joselyn Cortez, E, 6-3, 6-3.